Loyola's 6-foot-2, 200-pound Terence Garvin is a strong, elusive and slippery running back. When he runs behind a line that executes textbook blocking, it's big trouble for opposing defenses.
And that's what Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy got yesterday in a visit to Ed Hargaden Field, as top-ranked Loyola (4-0) rolled to a 35-14 victory.
Garvin carried 21 times for 164 yards and touchdowns on runs of 2 and 38 yards. His second score came with 9:15 left in the game to give the Dons a 28-14 lead over the highly touted prep school, which fell to 3-1.
Wide receiver Brandon Floyd's block allowed Garvin to reach the left corner of the end zone and was indicative of how contagious the blocking became for Loyola.
"Terence can do his thing once he gets past the line, " said Dons junior two-way tackle Elliott Poehlman. "I would say the O-line dominated the D-line the most. Yeah, we [offensive line] did a great job for the most part."
"They blocked great, opened up great holes and allowed me to be able to run hard," he said. "We knew this team was really good and knew we had to practice real hard for them."
After Garvin gave the Dons a two-touchdown lead, Donovan Eaton (19 carries, 77 yards) iced it with a 15-yard score to make it 35-14 with 4:29 remaining.
Eaton's touchdown was set up by Joe Cummings' interception, the Dons' third of the game.
Matt Heacock had the first interception to thwart a Fork Union drive early in the game, and Floyd had one with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
Loyola's defense also played well, led by senior linebacker Bubba Harris. Harris, a three-year starter, anchored a unit that contained Fork Union's University of Georgia-bound running back Marcus Dowtin.
"We pretty much worked the whole week on trying to create turnovers, and I felt pretty good sticking a D-I running back, " Harris said of the 6-2, 215-pound Dowtin, who gained 135 yards rushing on 21 carries, including a 20-yard touchdown dash in the third quarter.
Leon Kinnard, Loyola's junior quarterback, tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Curtis to give the Dons a 7-0 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Kinnard's 1-yard dive completed a nine-play, 65-yard drive for a 21-7 Loyola lead.
"We got stronger as time went on," Kinnard said. "They [Fork Union] are one of the hardest teams we will play."firstname.lastname@example.org